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Bridge replacement in St. James area will affect traffic for motorists starting Monday

June 28, 2013

A Maryland State Highway Administration project to replace a small bridge in the St. James area will affect traffic for motorists starting Monday, according to an SHA news release.

Starting Monday and continuing through the fall, motorists traveling on Md. 68 (Lappans Road) between Md. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike) and Md. 632 (Downsville Pike) will encounter a single-lane yield situation similar to what is common on one-lane bridges in Washington County, according to the release.

Motorists will need to yield to oncoming traffic in this short, one-lane section. Vehicles wider than 11 feet should use another route, according to the release.

Weather permitting, the project will be completed and the normal, two-way traffic pattern will be restored Oct. 8.

As part of the $1 million project, SHA will remove an existing, deteriorated corrugated metal pipe culvert at St. James Run, near Shawley’s Lane, and replace it with a new concrete slab panel bridge.

The project also will include reconstructing and paving the roadway approaches, stormwater management measures, traffic barrier upgrades, landscape plantings, and installing new signs and reflective pavement markings.

The contractor for the project is Charles J. Merlo Inc. of Mineral Point, Pa.

For more information, call SHA’s District 6 Office at 301-729-8400 or 1-800-760-7138.

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